Sunderland comes alive for the Diamond Jubilee

Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.''One of the organisers Jean French, 75, said: 'This will be the third celebration we've had in the close.
Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.''One of the organisers Jean French, 75, said: 'This will be the third celebration we've had in the close.
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SUNDERLAND will be turning red, white and blue as the city gets in the party spirit to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Communities are getting the bunting and Union Flags ready for their celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s 60-year reign.

Micheal Shuttleworth (left) of BWS Thrift Shop and Paul Batey of Karan's Florist in Church Street Seaham, who are uniting with other local businesses  to take part in a Jubilee street party

Micheal Shuttleworth (left) of BWS Thrift Shop and Paul Batey of Karan's Florist in Church Street Seaham, who are uniting with other local businesses to take part in a Jubilee street party

Street parties and events are planned across Wearside and East Durham during the bank holiday weekend, from June 2 to 5.

Helen Richardson-Moon is taking a step back in time when she hosts a vintage jubilee party on Monday, June 4, at St John’s Methodist Church, Ashbrooke Road.

Between 11am and 2pm, Helen will be laying out the antique-inspired china and cake stands as she brings out traditionally British finger food.

There will also be face-painting and other stalls.

Multi-cultural organisation Unity is inviting Wearsiders to celebrate the occasion with a party at the Stadium of Light on the same day.

From 1pm to 4pm, there will be performances from dance groups, raffles and Jubilee-themed shows.

Cliffe Park, in Roker, is expected to attract hundreds of visitors on Monday, June 4. The event features outdoor films, entertainment and music.

Bands will play hits from the Queen’s reign and archive footage of royal visits to the city will be shown on a big screen.

There will also be a firework display at the end of the event, which runs from 1pm to 8pm.

Shops in Seaham are also joining forces to hold a celebration in the town’s Church Street on Saturday, June 2, from 10am to 4pm.

Live music, a fancy dress competition, magician, face-painting and a traditional party buffet will be some of the day’s highlights.

One of the organisers Karan Batey, who runs a florists, said: “It’s just great, everybody coming together in a big organised group and getting on with it.”

Friends of Rectory Park, in Houghton, have organised a party on Saturday, June 2, with classic cars, an orchestra and dancers on show, from 11am to 4pm.

A series of streets across Sunderland and Durham will also be holding private street parties.

These include Fairburn Avenue, in Houghton, where residents are preparing for their third Jubilee party on June 4 after marking the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and another in 2002, for the Golden Jubilee.

Claire Potts has been busy organising a party in Shoreswood Drive, Silksworth, for Saturday, June 2.

Already, 93 children and 47 adults are attending, and there will be food, games, karaoke, three bouncy castles and face-painting, from noon to 5pm.

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